4th December 2016. 14:00 Meadow Lane
Louis Laing rescued a replay with a late strike to cancel out Posh’s 2-0 advantage. Lee Angol was dismissed with seconds remaining in the opening half as Grant McCann’s men failed to hold out for a win.
The turning point came in added time of the first half, Lee Angol, who was making his long awaited return from injury, lashing out at County defender Matt Tootle. The former Luton Town frontman raised his hand, and in this day and age, gave the referee little option but to send him off.
Before Angol saw red, Leo Da Silva Lopes had opened the scoring with just three minutes on the clock, wrongfooting Carl Dickinson before lacing the ball past home keeper Adam Collin from 25 yards.
The advantage was doubled a quarter of an hour in, Gwion Edwards profiting from some suspect marking to fire home his seventh goal in Posh colours. The Welshman drifted in and out of proceedings throughout the afternoon, though many will be pleased to see the return of United’s leading marksman.
Just six minutes later Ex-Newcastle youth player Adam Campbell closed the gap, the Posh rear-guard giving him far too much space to curl his shot beyond the helpless Luke McGee.
Posh Would re-emerge from the tunnel a man light following Angol’s dismissal, sparking immediate pressure from a spirited County side. John Sheridan’s men would enjoy the lion’s share of possession but failed to make it count until deep into injury time.
Louis Laing was the Magpies’ hero, lashing the ball past McGee following some questionable officiating. The 1900 travelling supporters screamed for a push in the area as Laing celebrated the dramatic equalizer with the elated home faithful. A goal that may have saved John Sheridan’s job.
Posh looked lost without influential defender Jack Baldwin partnering Ryan Tafazolli. The 23-year-old has raised his game over the past few weeks and will be a welcomed return whenever that may happen. The void left in midfield by the tough tackling Michael Bostwick was not filled, and will surely be an area of concern in next month’s transfer window.
The Magpies will make the trip to the ABAX Stadium in two weeks, looking for entry to the coveted third round draw.
Luke McGee 6, Michael Smith 7, Michael Bostwick 6, Ryan Tafazolli 5, Andrew Hughes 6, Chris Forrester 5, Leo Da-Silva Lopes 6, Gwion Edwards 6, Marcus Maddison 5, (Shaq Coulthirst 58’ 6), Paul Taylor 6 (Tom Nichols 58’ 4), Lee Angol 3
Adam Collin 6, Matt Tootle 6, Carl Dickinson 5, Richard Duffy 5, Louis Laing 6, Michael O’Connor 6, Graham Burke 5 (Jon Stead 72’ 5) , Rob Milsom 6, Vadaine Oliver 5 (Aaron Collins 77’ 5) , Jonathan Forte 6, Adam Campbell 7
Full Time – Notts County 2-2 Peterborough United